Theresa May shook up the face of the Conservative party and her administration this week in an effort to make the government look ‘more like the country it serves’. For those of us who have been disengaged from politics for a while, this reshuffle has certainly caught our attention and gives a glimmer of hope, that it is possible for people who look like us and come from similar backgrounds to effect a change in our country. Politics is no longer reserved just for the elite, but it is becoming more inclusive with doors opening for us regular folks. We are pretty sure Theresa must have read our recent article, ‘Let Our Women Be Great’, before making her promotions, she has promoted 11 women into higher positions and the number of ethnic minorities in government has doubled.
What does this mean for our culture? The younger more diverse generation has for a while, felt like the ‘higher ups’ cannot relate to them and therefore cannot serve their needs. They have found alternative ways to express their political views and sometimes to no avail. They have marched, protested, signed petitions and boycotted, but at the end of the day, it is the system of representative democracy that effects change. With the new faces in Theresa May’s government looking somewhat relatable, is politics now the apt avenue for us to express our discontent?
Helen Grant MP, who was promoted to Vice Chair of the Conservative party will play part in changing the face of the Conservative party ensuring the party aligns with the current culture. On her new role, Helen said; ‘‘I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as one of my party’s Vice Chairs. My specific role will be to reach out to all of our country’s diverse communities, to ensure that their voices are heard, that we engage, and that we develop their trust and confidence to deliver the PM’s vision of a country that ‘works for everyone’.
There is a rise of ethnic minorities in the UK population. Different communities and groups of people have different issues affecting them and recruiting MP’s that understand them is key. Theresa May’s promotions feature a younger and more diverse flock of MPs who seem more in touch with our culture. Matt Hancock MP, the new Secretary of State for Culture, is a fan of Skepta, one of the pioneers of grime, a genre of music that has certainly influenced our culture.
James Cleverly MP, who has been promoted to Deputy Chair of the Conservative party, went through a tweet marathon, highlighting the diverse promotions from this week. We can only hope this influences you to get involved in shaping our future.